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Erfurt, Germany

Erfurt City

Erfurt – A Wealth Of Architectural Designs

The city of Erfurt dates back some 1,250 years and it has a wealth of architectural delights for visitors to see and enjoy. The many churches and monasteries have given the city a well known description as the ‘Thuringian Rome’. It is the capital city of Thuringia and is still seen as a spiritual centre as it was in medieval times.

Churches And Culture In Erfurt

Doused with an ancient atmosphere, Erfurt has an abundance of churches, bridges, towers and a rich history of cultural delights. The theologian Martin Luther described Erfurt as a ‘city of towers’ and there is certainly plenty of them to see. The two churches Mariendom and Severikirche embrace German Gothic architecture at its best.

Mariendom (St. Marys Cathedral) has beautiful stained glass windows that stand 18 feet high and it also has the Gloriosa, the world’s largest free swinging bell that dates from the medieval era.

Erfurt Cathedral Square And The Market

The bustling market that is found in Cathedral Square is lined by historical buildings with wonderful facades. Beautiful half timbered houses that date from the time of the Renaissance give the city its unique ambiance.

Close by is the Old Synagogue which is Europe’s oldest and which houses a museum dedicated to Jewish history.

The River Gera And Bridges

The River Gera runs through Erfurt and there are 142 bridges that span the water and adjacent canal network. The Merchant’s Bridge (Krämerbrücke) dates from 1325 and it has the longest stretch of houses found on any bridge in the whole of Europe. It is 120 metres long and has 32 homes where people still live.

There are arts and crafts, wine taverns and music shops all along the bridge and each year there is a festival to celebrate the traditions of Erfurt.

Museums And Culture In Erfurt

The Thuringian Folk Museum on Juri-Gagarin-Ring and the Anger Museum are two interesting places to visit and the city art gallery is another. One of the museums is actually a house from the Renaissance period, the Haus zum Stockfisch. There is also an Augustinian monastery. Pay a visit to Erfurt and you will never run out of cultural experiences.

Hotels Near To Erfurt

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Arcadia Grand Hotel am Dom Erfurt

In the heart of the old town and just a few minutes walk from the cathedral, the Arcadia Grand Hotel am Dom Erfurt is a luxury five start establishment with spacious elegant rooms. Furnished in rich fabrics and with soft lighting, every room has satellite TV and air conditioning.

The Gloriosa Restaurant serves up delicious local foods as well as International dishes. A lobby bar with a summer terrace where you can sit and linger with a drink makes this hotel the ideal accommodation when you visit Erfurt.

Hotel Krämerbrücke Erfurt

The Hotel Krämerbrücke Erfurt is set in a medieval building in the centre of Erfurt. It has been extensively refurbished to provide four star comfort. The rooms are modern with air conditioning and there is a spa where you can enjoy a relaxing massage after a day out sightseeing around Erfurt.

The restaurant at the hotel has an excellent reputation and serves up a large breakfast buffet or you can choose to have breakfast in bed. Evening meals are a mix of International and local dishes. Enjoy a beer in the beautiful garden and chat to the friendly staff who all speak English.

Hotel Am Kaisersaal

Situated within easy walking distance of all the historic sites at Erfurt, the Hotel Am Kaisersaal has comfortable rooms that are each decorated in an individual style. There is a lobby bar where you can try some of the tasty snacks and drinks and every morning the restaurant serves a large buffet breakfast.

Rooms are available as singles, doubles and triples. There are facilities for the less abled guest and the staff are always on hand to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Wi-Fi is free throughout the building.

How To Get To Erfurt

By Air

Erfurt has its own airport which is located just 6 kilometres from the city. There is an excellent tram system to the main station. The journey takes a little over 20 minutes.

By Train

The 100 Binderslebener Landstraße is a tram line and it starts right at the airport. Take the line number 4 to Fischmarkt – Rathaus in the centre of the city.

By Road

Parking is restricted in the city and so are some of the roads that lead there. You can drive via Binderslebener Landstrabe and then turn onto Krampferstabe and head for the signs to the city centre.

Things To Do At Erfurt

Visiting A Castle

Rudeslburg is a ruined castle that is situated on the banks of the River Saale. it was built during the Middle Ages and was used on trade routes through the area of the Saale Valley. There are excellent views over the river and the city.

The Schloss Rosenau is a former castle that was converted into a country home. Situated between the towns of Coburg and Rodental, it is set in stunning grounds and gardens and will show you a part of Germany’s past heritage.

The Botanical Gardens

The Botanischer Garten Jena cover 4.5 hectares and is the second oldest in the country. Located at Fürstengraben 26, Jena the gardens are opened to the public every day for a small admission fee.

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